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November 4, 2021
6:30 pm

Nicole Baart | Everything We Didn’t Say

She left, promising never to return to tiny Jericho, Iowa.

Juniper Baker was 19, college bound, and deeply in love on the night her world was torn apart. As fireworks lit up the summer sky, her neighbors were brutally murdered right outside their barn, and—to her horror—her younger brother became the prime suspect. In an instant, everything she loved fell away. She escaped, pledging never to return to her tiny Iowa town.

Until now. Juniper is back in town to “help a friend.” But really, she’s here to repair her relationship with her teenage daughter who her parents have raised, the source of her deepest regret—and to solve the infamous Murphy murders. The key to both lies in the darkest secret of the long-ago summer night that’s haunted her for nearly 15 years. As history begins to repeat itself, the race to the truth puts past and present on a dangerous collision course. Except this time, it’s her daughter’s life that hangs in the balance.

Moderated by: Kali White VanBaale, a Des Moines-area creative writing professor and award-winning author of novels, short stories, essays, and articles. www.kaliwhite.com

Early Praise:

“A haunting family drama… Told in dual timelines, this suspenseful, beautifully rendered novel reveals its secrets in small, tantalizing bites leading to an explosive, highly satisfying conclusion. Everything We Didn’t Say is Baart at her best.” —Heather Gudenkauf, bestselling author of The Weight of Silence

“A riveting tale about love, loyalty and secrets that will sink into your bones and leave you breathless!”
—Wendy Walker, bestselling author of Don’t Look for Me

“Creepy and atmospheric, with vivid and emotional prose, this slow-burn will have you thinking twice about the people you know.” —Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of Dear Wife and Stranger in the Lake

Everything We Didn’t Say brims with Nicole Baart’s signature hallmarks—complex characters, tangled family dynamics, and, as always, beautiful writing. A multifaceted page-turner with intricate twists and turns, Baart has delivered a captivating read from first page to last!” —Susan Meissner, USA Today bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things

“Filled with secrets upon secrets and sumptuous foreboding, Everything We Didn’t Say is the perfect intersection of past and present, mystery and revelation, love, longing, and the weathered ties that bind.” —Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author

“Memory collides with consequence in this perfectly paced mystery and clear-eyed ode to America’s heartland. I loved everything about this book. Nicole Baart is a master storyteller.” —Mindy Mejia, author of Everything You Want Me To Be

“Nicole Baart skillfully blends suspense and family drama like no one else. Everything We Didn’t Say is an atmospheric barn-burner that jumps from past to present in an Iowa farm community rife with secrets, simmering grudges, and an unsolved murder.” —Emily Carpenter, bestselling author of Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters

“Nicole Baart dazzles once more in this haunting family saga about the danger of uncovering hard truths. Expertly plotted, Everything We Didn’t Say delivers a satisfying ending you won’t see coming.” —Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of How To Save a Life

“The elements in Nicole Baart’s latest novel combine seamlessly to provide the atmospheric tension of a crime story and the emotional depth of a family drama. Meticulously plotted and beautifully written.” —Kelly Simmons, international selling author of One More Day and Not My Boy

About the Author

Nicole Baart is the mother of five children from four different countries. The cofounder of a nonprofit organization, One Body One Hope, she lives in a small town in Iowa. She is the author of nine previous novels, including You Were Always Mine, Little Broken Things, and The Beautiful Daughters.

When Nicole’s not writing, working for One Body One Hope, or carpooling her children from school to hockey to gymnastics to cello lessons, you can usually find her outside. A lover of the great outdoors and a child at heart, Nicole’s favorite pastimes include playing with her kids, gardening, camping, and practicing her many hobbies including running, photography, baking, and re-teaching herself how to play the piano.

Nicole lives with her family in a small town in Iowa, but holds dual American/Canadian citizenship and considers British Columbia her second home. Since Liberia is also home, Nicole likes to think of herself as a global citizen. She and her family love to travel and hope to see the world together–before her kids are too old to consider their parents cool.

Nicole’s novels range from romantic to suspenseful, but she is known for her artistic prose and finely drawn characters. Her stories celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and beauty in the midst of brokenness. Learn more at NicoleBaart.com



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